The Lamborghini Gallardo entered the market in 2003 and with over 12,000 cars built, this car is the company’s most-produced model to date. But the Gallardo is due to be replaced by a new sports car supposedly named Cabrera which will be unveiled next year.
In an interview with Car and Driver, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the Cabrera will make “a clear cut” from the Gallardo, especially visually. He stated:
We always say that design is not an evolution but a revolution, and this will be the philosophy of the follow-up to the Gallardo.
The Cabrera will be the new ‘entry level’ Lamborghini. This all-wheel drive car will be powered by an upgraded version of the V10 of the Gallardo. This engine should provide almost 600 horsepower and will be paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Gallardo replacement will not be offered with a manual transmission . The explanation offered is that for the whole car to work seamlessly, an automated transmission must be offered to make the most of other automated components.
Winkelmann also said the Cabrera won’t feature the carbon fiber intensive construction of the Aventandor. Without the extensive use of this lightweight ‒ but also very expansive composite materials ‒ the price tag of the Gallardo successor will be relatively low. Nevertheless the car will be lighter than the current Gallardo.
Furthermore it is reported the next-generation Lamborghini will be build on the the VW Group’s modular sports-car architecture. This platform will also be used for the for next generation Audi R8 and Porsche sports cars.
The current Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8 Audi are related and share many technologies, including some of the chassis and floorpan, transmissions and the revised V10 engine. But the Lamborghini Cabrera and the future Audi R8 will share 15-20 percent more parts than the current cars.
It will be interesting to see how the conceptual Sesto Elemento (pictured above) has influenced the Cabrera. Only time will tell, so stay tuned for more news.